Whatever the motivation for Palin’s speech today, it is a speech long over-due and I’m glad to see she is addressing women’s issues. In the speech, Palin addressed a number of issues but I would like to focus on the issue of violence against women.
In Far-Reaching Speech, Palin Vows To Advocate For Women Worldwide
From CBS News’ Scott Conroy: (LAS VEGAS) -
“And if I’m given the honor of serving you in the White House, I intend to advance that creed in our own nation and beyond because across the world, there are still places where women are subjugated and persecuted as they were in Afghanistan, places were they’re bullied and brutalized and murdered in honor killings, places where women are sold like commodities in the nightmare world of the sex trade, and places where baby girls are unwelcome as a matter of state policy and their mothers are forced to have abortions,” Palin said. REST OF ARTICLE
The following is from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) site:
For women aged 15 to 44 years, violence is a major cause of death and disability. In a 1994 study based on World Bank data about ten selected risk factors facing women in this age group, rape and domestic violence rated higher than cancer, motor vehicle accidents, war and malaria.
That’s a horrifying fact….rape and domestic violence are greater risk factors in the cause of death for women than cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.
And lest you think domestic violence isn’t a problem in the good old U.S.A., think again:
Among all murders of women across the country in 2000—the most recent yearly statistics available from the U.S. Department of Justice—more than 33 percent were killed by an intimate partner. SOURCE
For a nation that makes claims to a “culture of life” the following is particularly horrendous:
“Homicide is a leading cause of pregnancy-associated injury deaths,” Jeani Chang and colleagues wrote in the latest issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
I’m going to say something here that may be very unpopular…..those of you against abortion get back to me on the issue when the country has addressed the issue of violence against pregnant women. I personally know one woman who had an abortion because of her spouse’s anger over the pregnancy. So, let’s address that problem before we condemn women who choose abortion.
More facts and figures from around the world:
- Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
- Sexual Violence
- Harmful Traditional Practices
- Trafficking in Women and Girls
- HIV/AIDS and Violence
- Crimes against Women in Situations of Armed Conflict
- Violence against Women as a Human Rights Violation
I’m embarrassed to admit that I am just now realizing that October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please be part of the solution and be aware of the prevalence of domestic violence….report domestic violence to the proper authorities and if you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence seek help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE. Every woman deserves to feel safe and protected.